A Form Of Paying Attention April 2009 - L Swain
Hey, guess what? We’re putting out nothing but singles this month, none of which you can purchase here at subpop.com! This month is nothing but Singles Club (it’s a good one) and Record Store Day singles, so we’re going to check in with the Sub Pop staff on their feelings about RSD in its second year. Check back next month when we actually put out full lengths again. I would also like to point out that Dean W, our mom & pop record store sales guy, refused to answer these questions because “they’re dumb”.
What’s your take on Record Store Day?
Tony Kiewel: I’m for it. then again I’m also for Roadside Attraction Day, Exotic Animal Day, and No Pants Friday.
Andy Kotowicz: Record Store Day is a made up holiday like Valentine’s Day and Christmas, in order to sell crap. Hopefully RSD will really take off like the other two.
Chris Jacobs: I prefer it to Fabric Store Day, but it’s a little less fun than Liquor Store Day.
Sarah Moody: I think it’s great! I’ve participated for the past two years and it’s always been a really encouraging experience to see tons of people out at local stores instead of plopped in front of their computers. Plus all of the bonus CDs, 7”s, in-store performances, and store discounts are typically pretty rad.
Sasha Morgan: I have a very unoriginal answer for that: I think Record Store Day is a great way to get people out to their local record stores. WOOOooowoOOOo!
Richard Laing: I’m into it. It’s a great opportunity for stores to connect with their community and remind people of their value. Next year, they should try and convince people that they need to buy their friends gifts and cards for Record Store Day
Rosie Torrance: I think RSD rules, unless you’re a Sub Pop intern.
Would you participate in a RSD dunking booth? Pie eating contest?
TK:It doesn’t take much to get me to participate in any eating contest.
AK: Hot Dog eating contest? I’m listenin’…
CJ: Yes dunking booth, no competitive eating of any sort. Streaking, napping, snacking, loafing – I’d do any of those things for a good cause like this.
SM: Dunking booth no. Pie eating yes!
SMor: Yes I’d participate in a RSD dunking booth or pie eating contest.
RL: Absolutely not, this shit is serious.
RT: Dunk Tank= Fuck Ya! I’ve always wanted to do that!
If you could go to any record store anywhere in the world which one you go to on RSD?
TK: I would probably pick Joe’s Garage in Kyoto. I have no idea if it’s actually that great of a shop but who the fuck cares!? It’s in Kyoto!
AK: I’m gonna go with Shake It in fabulous Cincinatti Ohio since it is supposed to be awesome and I’ve never been there. Mississippi Records in Portland and Double Decker in Allentown for the same reason. Prior to last month, the answer would probably have been Grimey’s in Nashville, but I had the good fortune to pay them a visit recently. Lemme tell ya. Grimey’s is all it’s cracked up to be and more. I’d drop in on good ol’ Wazoo in Ann Arbor too. Can’t forget Used Kids. Great store that I haven’t been to in forever. If I could magically visit record stores that are no longer with us, my Hall of Fame All-Star tour would include the great Play It Again in Royal Oak, MI, Fallout of Seattle, and Lucy’s formerly of Nashville.
CJ: Is there a good one in Hawaii? ‘Cause, man, I am READY for some better weather right now. Or, maybe Tower Records in the University District here in Seattle, sometime in 1993, so I could visit myself, maybe take me out for a nice lunch.
SM: Outside of local stores it’d be a toss-up between Mississippi Records in Portland, Treehouse Records in Minneapolis, or Academy Records in New York. Or I would finally make the trek to Amoeba. But really just being able to get to the Seattle stores does enough damage to my paycheck.
SMor: If I could go to any record store in the world, I’d go to Mississippi Records in Portland, OR. It’s super close but I still haven’t made it down there for some reason. Apparently they have a bunch of rare vinyl AND they’re the dudes that run the Mississippi Records mostly vinyl label, which is fucking amazing. They just released Michael Hurley “Armchair Boogie” and I couldn’t be more stoked!
RL: Sounds of the Universe in London.
RT: Distortion Records in Amsterdam. Would love to have some morning coffee and happen upon this shop. ( I think this is a weed reference. –Ed.)
Photo by Jay Cox